History of the Federal Judiciary


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Porter, Donald James
Born March 24, 1921, in Madison, SD
Died February 17, 2003

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court, District of South Dakota
Nominated by Jimmy Carter on March 15, 1979, to a new seat authorized by 92 Stat. 1629. Confirmed by the Senate on May 10, 1979, and received commission on May 11, 1979. Served as chief judge, 1985-1991. Assumed senior status on March 16, 1992. Service terminated on February 17, 2003, due to death.

Education:
University of South Dakota, B.S., 1942
University of South Dakota School of Law, LL.B., 1943

Professional Career:
U.S. Army, 1943-1946
Staff attorney, Office of Temporary Controls, 1946-1947; Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 1946; St. Paul, Minnesota, 1947
Private practice, Chamberlain, South Dakota, 1947-1959
State's attorney, Brule County, South Dakota, 1948-1952, 1957-1959
State representative, South Dakota, 1955-1957
Private practice, Pierre, South Dakota, 1959-1977
Associate justice, South Dakota Supreme Court, 1977-1979

 

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